A GUTTED Andrew Shinnie has wished brother Graeme good luck for next month’s Scottish Cup final after Aberdeen prevailed in Saturday’s five-goal thriller with Hibs.
The pair took their sibling rivalry to Hampden, where the Dons’ Graeme walked off with the man-of-the-match champagne and the family bragging rights.
Hibs midfielder Andrew, on loan from Birmingham City this season, was left on the bench until the 63rd minute but could not help the Easter Road men complete their stirring comeback.
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Instead, it was Graeme who was left celebrating at full-time following Jonny Hayes’ fortunate deflected winner – and Andrew left contemplating what might have been for holders Hibs in their 3-2 defeat.
Andrew said: “We put a lot into the game but if you give a team a start like that you’re in trouble.
“Obviously we got it back a wee bit but we’ve gone and lost another poor goal, so everyone’s pretty disappointed.
“If you get back into the game then the impetus is with you but you’ve still got to be switched on defensively.
“It’s a lucky goal, to be honest, but that’s just what can happen in football, and we’re out the cup.”
Shinnie senior will now cheer on his younger sibling when Aberdeen take on a Celtic side seeking to land a historic treble.
The Hampden date on May 27 will be a reminder of how close Hibs came to making it back-to-back finals, but Andrew will be at least hoping to have a reason for a family celebration.
He added: “I’m pleased for my brother.
“I’m obviously disappointed for myself but one of us was going to have to lose out.
“It’s a happy day for him, so all the best to him in the final.”